Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Town Manager Announces New Assistant Manager
Town Manager Roger Stancil has announced the appointment of Mary Jane Nirdlinger as Assistant Manager, a position that is being filled after being vacant since 2011.
“We look forward to this new opportunity to strengthen our ability to be an effective collaborative and innovative organization,” Stancil said.
Nirdlinger, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Town’s Office of Planning and Sustainability, will assume a new focus on internal process improvement, operational effectiveness and accountability systems. Planning Director Ben Hitchings will continue to lead the Town’s Planning and Development activities.
“To continue and enhance our efforts to be an effective organization that promotes collaboration and innovation, Deputy Manager Flo Miller and I have identified a need for internal focus on improving operational management and reporting, as well as building capacity for strategic project planning and execution,” Stancil said.
An internal search for the assistant manager position was conducted with members of the Town’s Senior Leadership Team who were interested in organizational leadership.
“We were looking for the intersection of organizational need, leadership skills and interest,” Stancil said. “Mary Jane came out at the top of the list in that process.”
Nirdlinger joined the Town in 2009 from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a land use and development planner. In addition to leading the Town of Chapel Hill Office of Planning and Sustainability, she has also served as director of the Town’s Policy and Strategic Initiatives and as the assistant planning director. Nirdlinger has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.